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Archive for Saturday, March 22, 2008

Faith Forum: Is God silent and invisible?

March 22, 2008

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God is alive and active within us

Eileen Stulak, spiritual leader, Unity Church of Lawrence, 900 Madeline Lane:

God is not silent and invisible. God is active and alive in each of us and expressing through us.

In Unity, we believe that every person has the presence of God within them. It is through our connection with this spiritual aspect of our being that we become aware of our oneness with God and our oneness with all people.

Jesus demonstrated this union with God at a level which has not yet been attained by anyone else. However, Jesus also taught that we could do greater works than he did. He was and is our way-shower. With that in mind, it is ours to accept and embrace the divinity within us and strive to bring it forth into expression in our world just as Jesus did. It is for us to continue to teach and be living examples of love, forgiveness and peace.

We do this by spending time in prayer each day, affirming the one presence and power in our lives ... God. We do this through the thoughts we hold in our minds, the words we speak and the actions we take. As we begin to live our lives with an awareness of our unending connection with God, with the intention of expressing God to those we meet, the voice of God becomes heard. The presence of God becomes visible.

Is God silent and invisible? Absolutely not. We are creations of God and co-creators with God in this earthly experience. God speaks through us and moves through and as us. And it is for us to allow God to do so in ways that allow others to more deeply experience the Divine simply by being in each other's presence.

- Send e-mail to Eileen Stulak at emstulak@msn.com

Finding God is a gift to be earned

Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel, Chabad Jewish Center, 1203 W.19th St.:

Many eons ago, before children and their parents' leisure time was spent with electronics, mothers and fathers would actually spend considerable amounts of time playing and bonding with their children.

One of the favorite pastimes was the game of hide and seek. A parent would climb beneath, say, the sofa and wait for the cry of delight which would inevitably accompany the child's discovery of the parent. The pride the children would take in their incredible sleuthing skills was only matched by their parents' pleasure - seeing how happy their children were to find them.

Our collective Father also enjoys the game of hide and seek. He wants to have a meaningful relationship with his children but realizes that a commodity is rarely treasured when it is unearned, with no effort having gone into its acquisition. So he decided to hide himself.

He hid himself in the obvious hiding places, such as in prayer, in an act of kindness, in charity, and many other places where one would think of looking for him. But to make the game a bit tougher, and the end result so much more satisfying, he also hid in many unconventional hiding places - places where one wouldn't think to search for him. In nature and in "coincidences." In fact, unlike the conventional game of hide and seek where often one must search many a nook and cranny before finding the one hiding, our father manages to be hiding everywhere, making every moment of our lives part of this grand game of hide and seek.

But if he is hidden, how are we to know to search for him? Taking this concern under consideration, our Father devised an ingenious plan, to give us a penchant for searching. He wired us to be instinctively dissatisfied with any status quo; to always feel the urge to search for something more, something deeper.

And search we do. And he waits in his hiding places and eagerly awaits the cry of delight which will come accompany our discovery of him.

- Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel can be reached at rabbi@jewishku.com

Comments

Ragingbear 6 years, 9 months ago

Notice that they didn't ask the Christians. That's because they worship a dead god that hasn't done anything in nearly 2000 years. They believe the apostasy started shortly after Jebus died and that "God" no longer talks to people, or does anything.

mick 6 years, 9 months ago

Life is a "grand game of hide and seek?" What foolishness.

Kathy Getto 6 years, 9 months ago

This god you speak of, whichever one it may be, was obviously silent and invisible when the poor pregnant lady was being tortured and killed.

From the article

"God is not silent and invisible. God is active and alive in each of us and expressing through us."

Wait - is this the science fiction thread?

Newell_Post 6 years, 9 months ago

Hide and seek is a game played by children in their formative years. Adults don't play hide and seek, they have conversations with each other. God didn't play hide and seek in the early portions of the Old Testament. He appeared or spoke in person to Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and others.

If you believe that Jesus was God incarnate, then he appeared in person to thousands of people. Why then does God not appear now? If he wants to be worshipped, as the Bible says, then would it really be too much trouble to unequivocally show up once in a while just to "show the flag"? Just a few minutes per generation would do the trick. Is that really too much to ask? It would eliminate soooo many problems on soooo many levels.

Maybe he is just too busy basking in the worship of other species on other planets elsewhere in the Universe to get back to us more than once per millennia or thereabouts. Maybe that's it. If so, maybe we should adjourn the God Fan Club, and find another deity that appreciates our devotion more:

average 6 years, 9 months ago

Science does not have, and probably will never have a good answer to the philosophical question of "why is there something and not nothing". It is a thing of wonder, and worthy of the name God.

To assume that our little rock, our creation, and our individual lives are of notable concern to a creator of a Universe of over 400 nonillion cubic light years (that's just the "visible universe") is slightly conceited.

jonas 6 years, 9 months ago

"Science does not have, and probably will never have a good answer to the philosophical question of "why is there something and not nothing"."

Well, there's "because if something didn't happen we wouldn't be here and so wouldn't be talking about it." But I understand why that is not a particularly popular answer.

jonny_quest 6 years, 9 months ago

My fabled, mythological God is real and legitimate; not like your fabled, mythological God that's complete fiction.

kathy white 6 years, 9 months ago

I am a Christian and I can assure you my God is NOT dead, nor has He been inactive for 2000 years.

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